Tonight the Bruins are looking for their ninth straight win against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the two teams begin a home and home set. They will face off in Toronto tonight and then meet up again in Boston on Monday. In the first two meetings the Bruins picked up wins and they look to continue that sweep.
The Bruins are coming off a 2-1 victory in Ottawa but it certainly wasn’t an easy game for the boys. Thanks to some stellar goaltending from Anton Khudobin, the B’s managed to escape with two points. Meanwhile the Maple Leafs are looking to bounce back from a 5-4 shootout loss from the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The game took six-rounds of shootouts to decide a victor so needless to say yesterday was probably a well needed day off for the team.
Yesterday at practice Johnny Boychuk was the latest Bruin to be injured. He was hit by a puck in the right leg and as of now we don’t know if he’ll be playing in the game. The B’s must also be aware because Providence Bruins player Matt Bartkowski was recalled on an emergency basis following the incident. The Bruins are already without Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly and frankly can’t have any more injuries on their plates are the season rounds the final stretch.
Toronto needs defense:
I don’t know how else to phrase that so there ya go! The Leafs in 8 of their last 11 contests have allowed at least four goals per game and are 1-3-3 in their last seven. They are sixth in the conference and in the Northeast division are 10 points out of first place (Bruins are in second). If they want to pick up a win, they need to work on solid defense.
Expect Tuukka Rask to get the start for the B’s tomorrow as he didn’t play in Thursday contest. Toronto has 12 goals in 3 games but don’t expect to see that happen against Rask. Against the team that drafted him, Rask has a 7-1-0 record with a 1.37 GAA in eight career starts.
Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist in the last meeting and has nine goals and five assists respectively, during the winning streak against the Leafs. On the other side, Nazem Kadri has three straight multi-point games for the Maple Leafs, totaling two goals and six assists.
Puck drops at 7pm and you can watch the game on NESN!